New Zealand v Australia, Bledisloe Cup Preview

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The All Blacks and the Wallabies meet in a Bledisloe match in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday and bookmakers have the New Zealanders as strong favourites around the 16 point mark.

New Zealand’s last match was a stunning come from behind 32-30 win over South Africa in Pretoria and that meant 5 out of 6 victories and a comfortable Rugby Championship Title.  Their lone defeat was at home to South Africa where they went down 34-36 in Wellington and they had few problems in beating Australia by 28 in Auckland and by 25 points in Sydney.

Australia had a disappointing Rugby Championship with just two victories, but one of those came in their last match away in Argentina where they came from behind to win 45-34.  Australia have a poor recent record against New Zealand only winning 1 of their last 10 matches and 8 of those 9 defeats have been by 17 points or more.

 

Betting – click here to bet

New Zealand 1/7

Draw 40/1

Australia 11/2

 

Handicap

New Zealand -16.5 at 9/10

Australia +16.5 at 9/10

 

Suggested bet:  Handicap, New Zealand (-16.5) at 9/10.

Australia may well be competitive for long periods but New Zealand have so many star players across the park and so much strength in depth that I cannot see them being challenged and the stats show that when they beat Australia it is usually by a big margin.

 

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

 

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